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MALTHE, Francois de. (Francis Malthus).
PRATIQUE DE LA GUERRE Contenant l'usage de l'Artillerie, Bombes et Mortiers, Feux Artificiels et Petards, Sappes et Mines, Ponts et Pontons, Tranchees et Travaux, avec l'ardre des assauts aux Breches. Ensemble un Traite des Feux de Joye.
Paris, Chez Gervais Clousier, au Palais, sur les degrez en montant pour aller a la Ste Chapelle, a I'enseigne du Voyageur. 1, 1672. Paris, Chez Gervais Clousier, au Palais, sur les degrez en montant pour aller a la Ste Chapelle, a I'enseigne du Voyageur. 1672.. PAR LE SIEUR MALTHUS, Gentil-homme Anglois, Commissaire general des Feux et Artifices de l'Artillerie de France, Capitaine general des Sappes et Mines d'icelle, et Ingenieur es Armes de Roy. 1672, French text, 12mo, approximately 160 x 90 mm, 6¼ x 3½ inches, 29 folding engraved plates, several head- and tailpieces and decorated initials, pages: [12], 1-251, collation: a6, A1 - L6. Contemporary full calf, gilt lettered label and gilt decoration to spine. Binding rubbed with some shallow crinkling to leather of covers, slight wear to hinges at foot of spine, a few plates with top margin trimmed off to image, no loss to images, checked against another copy, several plates have a tiny repair to blank side with document repair tape plus one small closed tear, no loss to image, hardly visible, small pale stain to page 48, all text legible, first and last blank pages have a name scribbled out with pale old ink, occasional small fox spot, otherwise a very good copy. Francis Malthus (d.1658), of English origin was an engineer in the royal French army and a captain general of mines and sapping. He was responsible for the French use of the mortar beginning in 1634. Chapters on bombs, hand-grenades and Fireworks, both for warfare and recreational. Chris Philip, A Bibliography of Firework Books, page 92, this edition l … [Click Below for Full Description]
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